TNT’s “between the benches” analyst will continue to have Philadelphia Flyers’ ties.
Former Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Boucher will join TNT this season, the network said Tuesday. He replaces Keith Jones, now the Flyers president of hockey operations.
Boucher will be reunited with his former broadcast partners at NBC Sports, Kenny Albert and Eddie Olczyk.
Boucher has carved out a distinguished broadcasting career. He started as a color commentator and studio analyst on NBC Sports Philadelphia after he retired from the NHL in 2013.
Boucher joined NBC Sports at the beginning of the 2015-16 season as an “inside the glass” reporter and studio analyst. He also worked with Mike “Doc” Emrick, also a former Flyers broadcaster.
ESPN was Boucher’s broadcasting home starting in 2021. He was an ESPN game analyst the past two seasons.
Boucher, of Woonsocket, R.I., played six of his 13 seasons with the Flyers in two stints, starting in 1999 and ending in 2012-13. He was a Flyers’ first-round pick (22nd overall) in 1995. Boucher played 174 games with Philadelphia, going 73-68-19 with a 2.50 goals-against average.
Boucher holds an NHL record of five straight shutouts and 332 consecutive scoreless minutes during the 2003-04 season with the Coyotes.
Boucher made one of the most famous saves in Flyers’ history on the final game of the 2010 regular season. The host Flyers and Rangers each needed a win to qualify for the playoffs. The loser went home.
The game went to a shootout, which the Flyers led 2-1 after goals from Danny Briere and Claude Giroux. Boucher then stopped the Rangers’ Olli Jokinen to preserve the victory. The Flyers qualified for the playoffs then advanced to the Stanley Cup finals before losing to the Blackhawks in six games.
Boucher also played three seasons in Phoenix, two seasons in San Jose and he also played in Calgary, Columbus, Chicago and Carolina.
Jones was between the benches on TNT’s broadcast team in May when Florida defeated Carolina in a remarkable, four-overtime game.